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Social Seminar: Changing


Published 1971


"Demonstrates the quality of life as its impact is felt by a young family trying to reorient themselves in a society of conflicting standards and values. Shows how the terms hippie, square, hardhat and straight become blurred when one just tries to find the lifestyle that suits him best. Puts the drug question in perspective as it relates to adults and the total society." (contemporary synopsis of this cinema-verite-style film) A film by Hubert Smith. Photography: Neil Reichline. Sound: Hubert Smith. Editor: Andrew Stein. Production Manager: Edward Kutner. Production Assistants: Kathy McGinnis, Gene Kopp. Executive Producer: Gary Schlosser. Produced by the Extension Media Center, University of California, Los Angeles for the National Institute of Mental Health.


Run time 27:49
Producer University of California, Los Angeles, Extension Media Center
Sponsor U.S. National Institute of Mental Health
Audio/Visual Sd, C


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Demonstrates the quality of life as its impact is felt by a young family trying to reorient themselves in a society of conflicting standards and values. Shows how the terms hippie, square, hardhat and straight become blurred when one just tries to find the lifestyle that suits him best. Puts the drug question in perspective as it relates to adults and the total society.

Verite-style film.
Male-female domestic issues
Smoking pot, rolling joints with rolling machine


Family United States; Stereotype Psychology; Social values
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Reviews

Reviewer: Meatpies - - August 16, 2013
Subject: Thank you, uploader
I wish I could meet this family now and see how they got along after 1971. I want to show this to my son who sees the social situations now as "new". Honey, it's not new, there are just too many really uptight people yet in the world to be able to accept that adults need to change and it's never too late. I am always changing, always growing, and I am much different now than I was 10 years ago when my son was 15 and thinking he couldn't talk to me because I couldn't possibly understand. Honey, I do. I totally get what you're saying. Everyone, young, old and in between need to understand that we all will change and morph over and over in life. What we believe now should not be what we believe 10 years from now. If it is, then we haven't grown and challenged ourselves.

I am proud that my son, who is 26 now, trusts me and sticks by me as I change, which makes it easier for me to reciprocate.
Reviewer: deborahmgw - - September 23, 2008
Subject: This was my life!
This is the 3rd time in my life I watched this film. This film is as real as it gets, this is my family and I am the little girl you see in the film. It is amazing to be a parent now and see all the changes that have taken place in life, the choices we all make and where they lead us. I love to see that my parents were trying to reach for something different, trying to make changes and going against the conservative norm of their generation.... soul searching. They screwed up, they fell down, they checked out, they got up and they loved and hurt. Life!
Reviewer: hudgeliberal - - August 17, 2007
Subject: We need more "hippies" nowadays and less conservatives!
Great little film. We need to go back to the combative attitude of the 60's and early 70's instead of bowing to criminals like George"Dumbya"Bush and his entire administration. Neat little film for nostalgic purposes. The so-called war on drugs is todays biggest joke. Billions of dollars go into the fat-cat pockets of the heads of law enforcement,politicians,prosecutors etc. while our prisons are filled with NON-VIOLENT drug offenders(over 70 percent of all offenders are non-violent)which cause in the neighborhood of 48,000 dollars a year to house each inmate. I say legalization of most drugs prescription and otherwise and decriminalization of possession would save bundles of money for the country that could be spent for education,prevention and treatment. The Netherlands have done this on a basic level and have a lower crime rate,lower rate of addiction and lower disease rate. So the people who say that this would only increase those things do not know what they are talking about!
Reviewer: MediaWhore - - September 11, 2005
Subject: Reality Television
This was reality Television 35 years ahead of its time, the only difference being this stuff isnt staged. Here we have some "Hippie" parents that the film makers follow around. We see into some of the issues facing their life (work, drugs, raising children). I was very intrigued by this and now plan to watch all of the "Social Service" films that I have read about in the reviews here. This was an excellent unbaised documentary that truly gives you a glimpse into a "counter culture" household of late 1960's America!
Reviewer: Spuzz - - June 11, 2005
Subject: Growing a beard = No more borthday cards at work
What I like about these Social Seminar series is that it always strives to show us something different each time. Here, the focus is on a youngish man and his sudden turnaround in life. Less attention at work. more attention at home. He also grows a beard which REALLY gets the people talking. He and his wife also smoke some weed, and also wonder if smoking it and such exposure to drugs isn't putting an impression on their son then previously thought. This has a definite reality angle to it, more so than the others (the others are great as well), and makes me wonder what happened to these folk.
Reviewer: adambarnum - - October 17, 2004
Subject: Great Film
I love the Social Seminar series. They are observational documentaries on subjects usually taboo. These are very unique because most of the time when dealing with taboo subject matter the film makers try to convince the viewer. These leave you to decide.
Reviewer: adambarnum - - October 17, 2004
Subject: Great Film
I love the Social Seminar series. They are observational documentaries on subjects usually taboo. These are very unique because most of the time when dealing with taboo subject matter the film makers try to convince the viewer. These leave you to decide.
Reviewer: Steve Nordby - - November 12, 2003
Subject: Times are changing
About twice as long as the other "Social Seminar" films, here we see a slightly older (30-ish) man and woman with children. But just who are these people? The interaction with the boy near the beginning shows love and caring. Then you hear them call people they know "two-faced," "screw 'em" and are worried that people think they are hippies. Then they appear to be leading some sort of counseling session. Of course, the drugs come out and they put the kids to bed. Turns out the man is a disillusioned truck mechanic who had a turn around in the past year and grew his beard.

These films are wonderfully NOT narrated and seem to show real people as they really are.
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